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Fredrick Bahr promoted to president at Buzard Pipe Organ Builders

May 10, 2023
Fredrick Bahr
Fredrick Bahr

Fredrick Bahr is promoted to president of John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, Champaign, Illinois, where he most recently served as tonal director. John-Paul Buzard will retain responsibilities as artistic director, continuing to travel to meet new friends, design new organs, work in the shop, and help train young and upcoming organbuilders and technicians.

Bahr graduated from Andrews University with a degree in organ performance, and has served as organist and choirmaster for churches in several states. He is currently organist for Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, Champaign. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, he has presented several lectures at the chapter level, as well as participating in the AGO outreach programs of Pipe Organ Encounters and Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza.

Prior to becoming tonal director at Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, Bahr was a part of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, where he was shop manager and instructor of organ technology. In more than forty years in the organ industry, he has had a part in creating more than 60 new pipe organs in 26 states, as well as maintaining or restoring many existing instruments.

Bahr has served the American Institute of Organbuilders in many capacities, including as president. He has given lectures and organ demonstrations at several AIO conventions and was the primary author of “Guidelines for Organ Demonstrations,” a document that continues in use today. His articles on a variety of organbuilding topics have been published in The Diapason, The American Organist, and The Journal of American Organbuilding. He is currently a member of the examinations committee and the AIO liaison with the AGO for console standards.

For information: buzardorgans.com.


Other recent appointments:

Ashley Haseltine to Methuen Memorial Music Hall

Stephen Price to University of Washington

Jens Korndörfer to Baylor University